Matariki in the Wairarapa 2019

Wairarapa is the perfect place to celebrate Matariki, with all these fantastic Matariki inspired events to choose from. Bring the whole family and make a weekend of it!

Tales of the Winter Solstice
Saturday 22 June, 4.30pm-7pm, Stonehenge Aotearoa Carterton
On this day of the Winter Solstice explore the legends and meaning of this ancient festival. Observe the Sun set on the Winter Solstice Heel Stone (weather permitting). Bookings are essential. Learn more here.  

Matariki 2019 at Aratoi
Saturday 29 June & Sunday 30 June, 10am-2pm
Celebrate Matariki with a special family fun weekend. Discover what Matariki is, make an instrument to take home, listen to stories told in the Star Dome and explore with a fun trail around the galleries. No booking needed, just turn up! Entry is free. Learn more here. 

Matariki 2019 at Pukaha
Saturday 6 July,  12pm-6pm, Pukaha National Wildlife Centre
A full day of activities with raranga (weaving) and traditional clay flute making (uku) as well as storytelling sessions, kapa haka performances, a hangi dinner with steamed pudding dessert, as well as a twilight forest walk. Bookings are essential - contact events@pukaha.org.nz to book a place or learn more here. 

Come and stay
We've got lots of great accommodation you can book right here. Or our super i-SITE Visitor Information team can book for you - give them a call. We've got local people offering real service!